New York City Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry's resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.

The following subject headings may be

  • New York, N.Y.- Genealogy
  • New York (City) Register of Births, etc.
  • (Borough)-New York, N.Y- Genealogy

Guides and Bibliographies

Baily, Rosalie Fellows. Guide to Genealogical and Biographical Sources for New York City (Manhattan), 1783-1898. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 1998. Call # F128.25.B35 1998. Reprint of 1954 work.

Guzik, Estelle M. Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area. New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 1989. Call # Local History Ref. Z5313.U6 N523 1989. (2nd floor open shelf). Focuses on Jewish research, but contains useful information for all researchers.

New York Public Library. Dictionary Catalog of Materials on New York City. Call # Ref. Z1318. N5 N52 1977. (3rd Floor Open Shelf) Describes material held by the New York Public Library.

Tosi, Laura. Genealogy in the Bronx : an Annotated Guide to Sources of Information. Bronx, N.Y. : Bronx County Historical Society, 1986. Call # Z1318.B7 T67 1986.


The Newberry has a large number of New York City directories dating from 1786-1925, as well as some directories for Brooklyn and Staten Island. To view a full list of the directories, see the city directory holdings list at the 2nd floor reference desk.


For a full description of census holdings for New York State, see the New York State pathfinder.

U.S. Federal Census Index, 1910 New York City. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Proquest, 2001. Call # Local History Ref CD-ROM F128.25 .U8 2001.

Sarvay, Merton. Kings County (Brooklyn) N.Y. 1925 Census Street Index. Crystal Lake, IL: M. Sarvay, 1994. Call # folio F129.B7 S27 1994.

Local Records

Scott, Kenneth. Petitions for Name Changes in New York City, 1848-1899. Washington, DC : National Genealogical Society, 1984. Call # F128.25 .S383 1984. For other indexes to early New York vital and court records, search the catalog for author: Scott, Kenneth.

Sawyer, Ray C. Abstracts of Wills Probated in…New York 1819-1890. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI, 1989. Call # Microfiche 3946. Microfiche reprint of 1948 manuscript. More New York Court indexes can be found by searching the catalog for author: Sawyer, Ray.

Inskeep, Carolee R. The Graveyard Shift: A Family Historian’s Guide to New York City Cemeteries. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2000. Call # F128.61.A1 I57 2000.


New York Times. Call # A6.637: Mar. 1852-Dec. 1853, Feb. 1854-1864, 1866-1877
Call# Microfilm A6.637: 1878-1926
Call# A6.637: Jan. 1927- June 1953
Call# Microfilm A6.637: July 1953-Dec. 1972

The ProQuest Historical Newspapers database, The New York Times (1851 - 2007) is available at the library.

The New York Times Index. New York, New York Times Company. Call # Ref AI21 .N45 (3rd Floor Open Shelf.)

The New York Times Obituaries Index, 1958-1978. New York : New York Times, 1970-1980. Call # CT213 .N47 (3rd Floor Open Shelf- Index Table.) This index references deaths listed in the general New York Times Index (see above).

Falk, Byron. Personal Name Index to the “New York Times Index” 1851-1874. Call # Ref Z5301 F28 1976. (3rd Floor Open Shelf- Index Table.) Succasunna, N.J.: Roxbury Data Interface, 1976. References personal names in the general New York Times Index (above).

For other New York City newspapers held by the Newberry, check the Newspaper Holdings Checklist available online and at the 2nd and 3rd floor reference desks.

Passenger Lists

See the Passenger List guide for information about New York passenger arrival records.